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No matter what the colder months bring, the one item you won’t leave home without is your winter coat.
If you live where temperatures may only drop to 40 degrees, you'll need a light and breathable jacket that will protect you from the winter chill. However, if you live up North, you probably know that a good down coat is the ultimate barrier between you and the harsh winter winds.
Whether you're looking for something lightweight or heavy-duty, there are almost too many options on the market. To help narrow it down, we've asked editors across the TODAY team to chime in on their favorite winter jackets for women.
- 1. Ultra Light Down Compact Jacket, $50 (usually $60), Uniqlo
"This is my favorite jacket. It’s lightweight but also super warm. Yet, it doesn’t overheat you if it’s not that cold out. I wear it under a bigger coat for freezing football games and it keeps me nice and warm. It's also compact, so I can pack it into any bag I own. Yes, even a purse." — Emi Boscamp, TODAY Food senior editor
This is also editor Jordan Muto (and her mom's) favorite.
- 2. Faux Fur-lined Biker Jacket, $28 (normally $70),H&M
"Anyone who knows me knows I'm a fan of the over-sized look, especially when it comes to outerwear. I'm a naturally cold person (even indoors) so I like when I can wear a larger jacket outside and layer something lighter for the office underneath, like a blazer or cardigan, without feeling like a stuffed sausage. This coat goes with just about anything in my closet and the (faux fur) accents are very 'in,' or so I'm told. I have my eyes on a cream one next." — Jen Birkhofer, TODAY Commerce Director
- 3. The North Face Womens Arctic Parka, $210+, Amazon
"It's the only thing that can get me through slush, sleet, freezing wind and snow. It's by far the best coat purchase I've ever made." — Emily Slawek, TODAY Special Projects Associate Producer
- 4. EMS Women's Feather Pack Jacket, $100 (normally $200), EMS
“This is the first jacket I pull out of winter storage and the last one to be put away. I love it because it is lightweight but really warm. I can sit on the subway with it and not get overheated, and I can sit in the car with it and not have to move my seat back. It weighs almost nothing, and you can stuff it in its internal pocket when you’re traveling.” — Mish Whalen, TODAY Digital senior multimedia editor
- 5. Cashmere Blended Chester Coat, $80 (normally $150), Uniqlo
"My rotation of winter coats really only includes like four or five options, some of which I inherited from my grandma — they just don't make coats like hers anymore. But I do have a newer, lightweight wool-blend camel coat from Uniqlo that I love. It's simple enough to match with most outfits, it's warm, it has convenient pockets and the style is sleek enough for work but casual enough for the weekend. The best part is that it's thin, so I can wear it in late fall, early spring and, with some layering, in the dead of winter. I even wore it through an extremely snowy winter in Syracuse, New York." — Aline Martins, TODAY Commerce Editor
- 6. Tahari Ellie Double Face Wool Blend Wrap Coat, $134 (usually $268), Nordstrom
"I bought this coat almost five years ago and still pull it out every year when it starts to get cold. And I still get compliments on it! It’s not super warm, but warm enough for mild winter days — just add a scarf. I love the huge collar, which I can pull over my head for a makeshift hood when it’s windy. I also like that it’s not your traditional black pea coat. This one has a little more flair!" — Rheana Murray, TODAY Digital senior lifestyle reporter
- 7. Topshop Rosa Biker Jacket, $53 (normally $88), Nordstrom
"When I lived in Los Angeles my go to 'winter' jacket was a leather jacket over a chunky sweater or sweatshirt. I love this one because it doesn't pull across the shoulders when I layer things underneath and it feels warmer than other leather jackets I've tried in the under-$100 price range. With the sleeve embellishments, it can also easily pull any outfit together and make it look like I put some effort in (even if I absolutely didn't)." — Danielle Wolf, TODAY Associate Guides Editor
- 8. Long Ultrawarm Coat, $279, L.L. Bean
"When I lived in Toronto, my mom bought me this L.L. Bean coat. She knows I love purple and bright colors so she thoughtfully purchased it in bright purple. It makes me look like Barney the Dinosaur, so honestly I avoided wearing it for a while (sorry, Mom). But then came a day so cold and windy and sleet-y that I broke down and put Barney on — and there was no going back. Because as much as I don’t love looking like a giant purple dinosaur, I hate being cold. This coat is the closest thing you’re going to get to wrapping yourself in a sleeping bag. It’s a giant down-filled hug from the top of your head to your ankles. Fashionable? Not so much. Warm? YES. This is the coat to wear when you just can’t even with winter anymore. Though I notice they no longer sell the purple color online, just black, brown, white, blue and dark green — sorry, Barney fans." — Rebecca Dube, TODAY Parents editor
- 9. Patagonia Nano Puff Pullover Insulated Jacket, $169, Backcountry
"I'm the queen of layering multiple jackets on top of one another in the fall and winter. My husband is a huge fan of Patagonia and bought this for me a few years ago. For some technological reason I can't understand, it manages to be both incredibly lightweight but also incredibly warm. I can wear it under a wool coat on really chilly days, but it also works perfectly on its own in the fall when I'm running errands. I like that you can easily pack it up and shove it in an overnight bag or purse." — Jen Birkhofer, TODAY Commerce Director
This coat is also a favorite for runners and athletes who train outside in the winter.
- 10. City Coat, $90 (usually $228), J.Crew Factory
"My little secret is J.Crew Factory. This coat looks exactly the same as the version sold at the main store, but it's a little less expensive. Also, it’s so warm and the colors are vibrant. It even comes a variety of fun colors — I wish I could take one of each." — Brittany Loggins, TODAY Digital producer
- 11. Women's Petite Stretch Long Down Coat, $110 (usually $219), Lands' End
"Oprah has never led me astray. And a few years ago, she selected a Land's End coat as one of her favorite things. Because New York winters can be brutal, because I got so fed up with wearing layer upon layer in the hopes of staying somewhat warm, and because I put comfort way ahead of everything, I bought this coat. And I have since culled other jackets from my winter herd, because this one is so warm, so cozy, it feels like a cuddly hug on a blistering February afternoon." — Donna Freydkin, TODAY Commerce Reporter
- 12. Ultra Light Down Compact Coat, $60 (usually $80), Uniqlo
"I’m big into this coat ... It’s more of a fall item but is great as a piece to layer with when winter gets super frigid, for a little extra warmth. It’s also a travel item because it rolls up into its own little bag that can fit easily into a carry-on or back pack." — Melissa Dunlop, TODAY Digital Senior Producer